Brain Breaks



- On this website, there are various brain breaks appropriate for Pre-K to sixth grade students. These brain breaks relate to various subject areas, including Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.
- This website provides a list of 2005 Brain Breaks, as well as a list of Original Brain Breaks .



Examples of Brain Breaks


  • Hallway Jive (Grades 2 - 5)
    • Any subject
    • This activity helps students to work together during a transition period. Transitional activities allow children the opportunity to use energy that may otherwise be expressed through physical and/or vernal disruption of the class.

  • Moving Monkeys (Grades 1 - 2)
    • Any subject
    • Moving is one of the most important things that children can do. Being able to move in different ways is very important for everyday life because various movement techniques can enhance perspective, remove boredom, and exercise various parts of our bodies.

  • Train Connection (Grades Pre K - 1)
    • Any subject
    • This activity works because it can be modified to suit different age groups so there is always a challenge. This activity spans all the domains and is very easy to do anywhere.

  • Hopping Squared (Grades K - 5)
    • Language Arts
    • This activity teaches students to move their bodies under control while they are listening to directions. The simple task of doing two things at once helps children to concentrate and accomplish multiple activities.

  • Spelling Bee Obstacle Course (Grades 3 - 6)
    • Language Arts
    • When children are active participants in learning, learning can become fun and easy. Memorizing spelling words can be frustrating and time consuming, but when children add movement to the lesson, the task may become much more enjoyable and more ingrained.

  • Numbered Wall Touches (Grades K - 3)
    • Math
    • Many times, children have a hard time understanding the concept of even and odd numbers in mathematics. This activity helps them to comprehend even and odd numbers through the use of movement.

  • Hot Foot (Grades K - 4)
    • Math
    • This activity is designed to help students work on their motor skills while practicing following directions and maintaining self-control.

  • Hallway Hopscotch (Grades K - 4)
    • Math
    • This activity helps students with sequencing, concentration, and laterality, all elements that help to promote good math skills.

  • Count Hop-U-La (Grades 1 - 4)
    • Math
    • In this activity, students will hop out answers to various mathematical equations.

  • Numerical Hopscotch (Grades 3 - 6)
    • Math
    • Learning to navigate through the functions of math is crucial in many everyday activities. This active method of learning to perform mathematical tasks will help a child to learn to literally think on their feet.

  • Old McDonald (Grades Pre K - 2)
    • Music
    • This activity works to help students concentrate on keeping a beat, following directions, and building their physical strenth through singing a song while participating in physical activities.

  • Scrambled Legs (Grades Pre K - 4)
    • Music
    • This activity draws upon the students' understanding of rhythm and beats of music.

  • 76 Trombones (Grades K - 6)
    • Music
    • This activity will encourage students to learn about the different instruments that make up a marching band. A marching workout is just as effective as a walking or running workout.

  • Heart Beat (Grades 3 - 6)
    • Science
    • This activity teaches students to take their resting heart rate and then compare it to their heart rate taken after a cardio activity. They are gaining exercise as well as knowledge about their body and cardio-fitness.

Brain Breaks